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It’s a little-known fact that organization is an important key to success and this is exactly why successful people are known to be great at practicing managing their day. The truth is, a life without structure decreases the chances of enjoying a full and balanced lifestyle, causing your motivation and mood to suffer greatly. Most of us tend to jump out of our bed after our alarm clock sounds off or need that second cup of coffee, but if you want to be successful you should also learn how to organize your day effectively. While it’s true that not everyone can multitask, never mismanage your time and follow this list of tips to help you make the most out of your day and achieve maximum productivity from start to finish.

PLAN EVERYTHING AROUND YOU
Productivity is inevitably linked to your energy levels, so of course, it’s important for you to plan your schedule accordingly by recognizing your strengths and how your energy moves throughout the day. For example, if you’re not a morning person, start the day with simple tasks that do not require much brain work like, listening to your voicemails or responding to work emails. If you have meetings to attend, perhaps scheduling them in-person will help move things along gracefully so you can work on important projects at your desired time of the day when you’re more alert and focused.

SET A DAILY RITUAL
This certainly can be thought about before going to sleep, but make sure that you’re going to start your day with a purpose by having a set daily schedule. Making sure you start your day the same way will help train your mind that it’s game on and motivate you to get the ball rolling, even at times when you don’t feel like it. If you have a planner, jot down all of your action plans for the next day inside. We suggest following a guideline when writing, which should have at least two different plans for every day — one should be work-related and the other should be only for personal activities like runnings errands, etc.

KEEP A TO-DO LIST
Put your to-do list on autopilot! It’s important to have a solid list of to-do’s to achieve total success for your day. One of the best ways to get your morning off right is by writing a  list of everything that you hope to accomplish. By having a visual list and following through one by one, you will be able to keep you on track and also prevent the tasks from getting pushed aside for a later date.

CREATE INCENTIVES
It’s important to find out what distracts you from work. Is it hunger or texting? Avoid letting distractions infiltrate your time and use these triggers as incentives to get your work completed. This can be done by setting up a system where you can allow yourself short breaks after completing a task on your to-do list. For example: once you finish that report or errand, you can allow yourself a five-minute coffee break. This conditions your brain to look at work in smaller chunks of time, which makes it more manageable, rewarding, and less stressful.

ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE NOT A SUPERHUMAN
You’re not some kind of immortal being, so you must accept that you can’t do everything in one day. Instead of working on a big project in one day and attempting to cram everything all in one, you should arrange milestones instead. You should also avoid getting frustrated when you’re not able to finish everything you’ve planned for the day. Always remember that you will still have next time to complete your tasks.

These tips are highly effective and will prove invaluable to your day.  We hope you’ll practice what you’ve read in this article and organize your day right. You will not only be able to achieve a positive mindset to start your day off right, but also have a schedule you’re able to commit to regularly. Just try em’ out!